Dr. Woodrow W. Winchester, III is an Associate Professor of Systems and lndustrial Engineering at Kennesaw State University (SPSU) in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Winchester's research and teaching interests reside at the nexus of health & fitness, technology, and design. As a human factors engineer and wellness proponent & advocate, Dr. Winchester brings a strong passion for the health/wellness space and understanding of the transformative (behavioral) potential of interactive technologies (e.g. activity trackers such as the Fitbit) in improving health outcomes especially among underserved and marginalized populations. Motivations and viewpoints that are shaping his explorations in this, the coined connected fitness, space, were recently highlighted in a KSU faculty spotlight feature.
Dr. Winchester is also actively involved in efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and design fields. Grounding his efforts in this arena are his over six (6) years' experience as Co-Principle Investigator and Coordinator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded Virginia Tech Center for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, an eight (8) week summer program that focused on increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in HCI. He continues these efforts at Kennesaw State University, with a current undergraduate research assistant being named the 2016 Georgia Engineering Student of the Year.
In concert with KSU's vision, Dr. Winchester seeks opportunities to engage with the greater engineering community. This is evidenced in his leadership level involvement with the Atlanta Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) as the 2015 Programs Chair and 2016 President-Elect. Dr. Winchester also serves on the External Advisory Board of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina.